ASTRO is Hiroshi Hasegawa's solo project. He was in the band named C.C.C.C. which was one of the biggest Japanese noise group. Born in 1963, Hasegawa has begun his improvisation with his voice and drums. And in 1989, he made the group C.C.C.C. which's concept was impovisative mass-noise with very loud sound. The group became legend with the members Mayuko Hino, Ryuichi Nagakubo, Fumio Kosakai. Also he has begun his solo unit ASTRO with analog synthesizers in 1993 as well as playing in C.C.C.C. and then he formed COSMIC COINCIDENCE as new C.C.C.C. in 2010 with the members Manuel Knapp and Rohco. Now he is actively playing and issuing and doing many collaboration with other artists. And there are released works beyond 50 titles. His playing style is like drifting between the meditation and awakening state with electronics and still he is pursuing it.
Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt aka MoreBlackThenGod,
Berlin based American performance artist, musician, free improvisor and composer of experimental music, and independent video content producer. He is also the musical theatre writer/composer of experimental “Drone Drama (Music For The Dead)”, now currently being filmed by California-based visual artist Cecelia Chapman. Artistic director of the music labels Hortus Conclusus Records & Friends of Sagittarius Records and Friends of Sagittarius Festival, artistic director and curator of Magic Mitte Cinema. The compositions by Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt are performed and recorded live using the accidental guitar method invented by the artist, the sounds created are “raw, roots, mysterious, power, grit, obscure, industrial, ambient, epic, and tranquilizing aesthetics”. He has published over 500 album, collaboration, and compilation releases. Performs and releases under the names: MoreBlackThenGod, Drone Messiah, The S&M Trio, The S&M Accidental Orchestra, The Return of The Think Thing, Tradishion, Hildeguard, Hortus Conclusus Live, PNYX and MC Plane of Existence.